2017 Racial Disparity Data Research
What We’ve Done
Worked with the Planning Council to create custom reports within our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to display entrance and exit data hinging on race and ethnicity.
Compared our local homeless response data to the CVCoC’s area census data to understand the composition of our community along with the composition of homeless response system users.
Assessed whether the programs within our homeless response system have biases towards specific groups based on race or ethnicity.
Increase diversity on CVCoC governing board to mirror CoC population (47% white, 42% Black or African American, 1% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and 6% Multiple Race).
Work with the entire CVCoC community to identify areas in the homeless response system that perpetuates biases or barriers to a particular race or ethnicity.
Create a shared understanding of the racial and ethnic composition of the CVCoC area.
Request that the Planning Council include a data section containing race and ethnicity specific data to intentionally track potential biases and barriers by data.
Review all CVCoC policies to ensure void of biases or barriers to a particular race or ethnicity.
Share our findings with local organizations and community groups outside of the homeless response system to raise awareness and collaboration.